The Evolution Of The Mobile, From The DynaTAC ‘Brick’ To The Sleek iPhone and Galaxy Note

From Motorola’s famous ‘brick’, through the Nokia 3310 to the explosive Galaxy Note 7, these are the mobile phones that made history.

It all started with DynaTAC , Motorola’s mobile phone, better known as the brick, which appeared in 1984. It took 10 hours to fully charge it, the battery lasted for 30 minutes of talk-time , it could memorize 30 numbers and costed a whopping 4000 USD, which today would be 9.500 dollars.1

Motorola launched the mobile phone era so it’s not surprising that the American company continued the trend with its StarTAC. This model was far from the previous ‘brick’ design. It was a flip design and could fit in your pocket without a problem.

Motorola didn’t just manage to design a smaller and more functional phone but a less expensive one as well, costing just 1000 USD, which compared to the previous one, was far more affordable. It was an instant hit and we could see it in most movies and TV shows.2

The Finish Company, Nokia entered the mobile device era in style, in 1996, with its communicator. The device was ahead of its time in every aspect. Packed with 8 Mb of memory (4 Mb at the user’s disposal) , a shell-like design, with a screen and a keyboard, it could browse the web, send e-mails and manage personal data. Its only flaw was the not-so-slick design, 4cm thick and weighing 400gr.3

If Nokia rose to fame with its communicator, the launch of the 6210 model cemented the company’s position as the leading manufacturer of mobile phones at the start of the new millennium. What more can we say about the indestructible legend, when people around the world still use it to this day, 17 years later, which is an eternity in terms of technical machines.4

Reliable, small, easy to use and with a battery which could easily last for a few days, it’s no wonder the 6210 became a legend.

The same year Nokia launched the 6210, the company decided that designing one legendary phone wasn’t enough so they launched another one. Two to be exact, but the 3210 and 3310 are always mentioned together.5

Aside from all the features of the 6210, the 3310 had easily changeable covers and a silent vibration mode. It was also the first phone which could merge three SMS into one long text. And of course, we have to mention the legendary games, Snake 2 and Space Impact.

The good, old, tested recipe is a keeper so Motorola launched the legendary Razr in 2004. Until then the mobile phone wasn’t considered an item that aside from its functionality should have a certain aesthetic appeal. Thin, with a shiny, metal body and a color screen, it even had a mini USB port for charging and music transfer.6

No mobile phone list would be complete without the Blackberry. When the company launched its Curve in 2007, it was something incredible. Its recognizable appearance, with a keyboard and a camera, the Curve was every techy dream.7

According to many, the iPhone was probably the most important smartphone, that pushed all the limits, be it appearance wise, performance or features.8

When it appeared on the market in 2007 it started a new era and its success brought Apple back on its feet.

The South Korean giant Samsung has been head to head with Apple for years. Focused on designing devices with bigger  screens, so called phablets, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 just last year. The revolutionary design, curved screen, water resistance and many other features make the Note 7 an ace down Samsung’s sleeve.9

It would all be fairy tale like for the South Koreans, if it wasn’t for the major flaw in the phone’s battery which caused the phone to overheat and in certain instances even explode. Due to these unfortunate events, the Galaxy Note 7, despite all its amazing features, will go down in history as the ‘exploding Samsung’.